La Trappe Dubbel (Koningshoeven / Dominus)
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La Trappe Dubbel (Koningshoeven / Dominus)La Trappe Dubbel (Koningshoeven / Dominus)
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Style:
Belgian Dubbel
Ranked #19
ABV:
7%
Score:
88
Ranked #8,775
Avg:
3.95 | pDev: 10.63%
Reviews:
429
Ratings:
914
From:
Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
 
Netherlands
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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SCORE
88
Very Good
La Trappe Dubbel (Koningshoeven / Dominus)La Trappe Dubbel (Koningshoeven / Dominus)
Notes: La Trappe Dubbel has a deep brown colour and attractive beige froth. The use of caramel malt gives it a gentle aromatic caramelised quality. It has a rich malty flavour with a touch of sweetness. Post-fermenting La Trappe Dubbel is a smooth drink, and yet has some real body and intense flavour to it.
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Reviews: 429 | Ratings: 914
Photo of Lanas
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Really great beer to drink like the "La Trappe Quardrupel" despite they are two different beers.. This is very strong and powerfull beer that can easy cover your month with high carboration and with alcohol.. Remind me little bit the "Rochefort 10" on that..
The taste is like sweet and bitter with a lot of caramel and chocolate tunes.. And the after taste is the best thing here.. You feel the chocolate very hard in your month..
Overall amazing beer to drink.. I feel is a safe choice to get any kind of "La trappe" beer..

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of Belgian Dubbel Day. Thanks for the idea @Zid!
Pouring a cellar temp 750 Corked and caged bottle into my Westmalle goblet. The beer pours a clear mahogany color with a fizzy and short lived foam of about 2 cm. The foam is khaki to almost orange or copper colored and is completely gone about 15 seconds after pouring the beer.
The aroma is caramel malt and some dark fruit, figs and plums mainly, I also get a bit of brown sugar and red grapes. A complex, but mild nose overall. No hop character and the abv is well hidden on the nose.
Moving to first sip, the beer has an average body and very fine and gentle rolling carbonation. The texture is smooth and it does leave a bit of a coating on my palate after each swallow.
The flavor is sweet with brown sugar and caramel dominant. I also get figs and plum here with no hops again. the ABV is well hidden and the beer drinks very easy. This is a generally sweet brew and I enjoy the mix of flavors. Ive been on a stout kick lately, but this tasting reminds me that I like this style. Will have to pick up a few more in the style in the near future.

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Photo of Snowcrash000
3.47/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly cloudy, dark mahogany coloration that turns amber when held up to the light and a large, fluffy head. Smell is quite sweet, dominated by caramel malt and muscovado sugar, with only faint hints of estery fruit and spice coming through. Taste follows the nose, being quite sweet, almost cloying, with the caramel malt and muscovado sugar standing out particularly and the bready malt and estery yeast notes taking a backseat, although there are also some dark/red fruit notes of fig, date and redcurrant to this, with a somewhat prevalent candy apple (glucose syrup) character as well. The typical estery banana and clove notes stay in the background, only coming out a little more in the aftertaste. Finishes quite sweet, with some caramel malt, candy apple (glucose syrup) and estery fruit/spice lingering in the aftertaste. Full mouthfeel with a medium body and carbonation.

This is by far the sweetest Dubbel I've had so far, bordering on cloying, with all the dominating flavors being caramel malt, muscovado sugar, candy apple and glucose syrup and very little opposing flavors to balance things out. I actually found it difficult to finish this one because of the cloying sweetness. At least it has a very nice, full, almost creamy mouthfeel though.

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Photo of jkblr
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle marked K18C15 poured into a La Trappe goblet at fridge temp 7% ABV. The beer pours slightly hazy light to medium brown in color with minimal khaki head. The head quickly recedes to a thin island and ring around the glass. The aroma is sweet bread and dark sugar. The taste is more semisweet bread and burnt sugar with a last minute pop of dark fruit before a mildly bitter, mostly dry finish. The mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied with above average carbonation and a tingly feel. Overall, very good, but not on pair with the other Trappist dubbels I've reviewed this week. The aroma and feel are both slightly weaker than the real contenders.

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Photo of Buck89
4.31/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a chalice. A hazy copper-brown color with a medium sized off white head. The aroma and taste was as rich as I’ve experienced in a Dubbel, with raisin, fig, toffee, ripe banana, and faint bubblegum. Bright carbonation and medium bodied. Outstanding.

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Photo of the_awesometeer
3.57/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer is brown, a dark caramel color. It has a nice tan and foamy head. The beer has a nice sweet malt aroma with a hint of cherry. The beer has a very nice feel of carbonation to it. The beer is sweet with and rich with a nice hint of the typical dark fruits.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

330 ml bottle - dated best by 01-2021

clear, dark brown, khaki colored head that fades fast. nice malty aroma of caramel and toffee, but some earthy yeast too. similar flavor, good balance so it's not too sweet. thinner bodied, a bit too thin for me, and carbonation is lively as opposed to smooth.

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Photo of tigg924
3.69/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy, chestnut brown in color with 1/4inch head. Taste is big alcohol soaked golden raisin, dark bread, and caramel. Medium bodied, medium-high carbonation, and very sweet. Would like more bread taste to this, but it is an interesting take on the style. On the fence as to if I would get this again, but am glad I tried it. Last new beer in 2018.

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Photo of biiru_ojisan
3.81/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a creamy beige head. Color is dark brown with garnet highlights.

Nose is caramel and dried cherry.

Taste is dried cherry, hints of spicy phenols. Very dry throughout, with little spikes of sweetness.

The mouthfeel is very smooth, like something out of a cask. Medium bodied and moderately carbonated. The alcohol warmth is very noticable, but not at all harsh.

Overall, this is a solid beer, like just about anything you would get from from any Trappist brewery. While it is very well made, it is not quite as good as some other Trappist brewed Dubbels out there. Still, it is a very well made and smooth drinking beer that is very much worth trying.

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Photo of CincyBeerGuy223
4.52/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep amber color with thick foam.

Smell is sweet, predominantly of raisins, clove, and an apple like aroma.

Taste is very rich and just the right amount of sweet. Notes of raisins, spices, and apple.

Mouthfeel is medium. Decent carbonation.

Easy to drink. Very complex flavors that add to the experience of the beer. Overall a very solid Dubbel.

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Photo of elnachooo
3.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cerveza de cuerpo ligero y carbonatación media. Al acercarnos a ella podemos distinguir la malta y la banana en su aroma. Una vez en boca es dulce, destacando nuevamente la banana pero también el caramelo y una sensación de almíbar. Ligera y equilibrada.

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Photo of Craig-er
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big fan of Trappist Dubbel’s. Beautiful large bottle with a cork. No date on label. Poured into a chalace Westmalle glass that I purchased in Amsterdam. The fluffy white head faded quickly. The color is a rich looking dark brown. The taste is semi-sweet, nice carbonation and bread flavors. Overall a great example of the Trappist style.

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Photo of JamFuel
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep reddish brown with thick, fine foam.

Smell is sweet, with notes of raisins, brown sugar, cinnamon and cloves.

Taste is sweet and rich. Raisins, plums, spices and a hint of bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium, well carbonated.

Overall, a classic dubbel, rich and still easy to drink.

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Photo of patre_tim
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown with a rocky, 2 fingers of beige head.

Smells of cherries, dark fruits, and molasses.

The taste follows the nose, in a nice, almost perfect balance for a dubbel.

Medium body, slightly syrupy feel. Highly carbonated.

Classic beer I've had many times. This bottle I bought in China over 3 years ago, and have been cellaring it in New Hamburg, ON, where I am drinking it July 7th, 2018.

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Photo of citizencane
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours amber brown with decent head and minimal lacing. Smells of dark bread and caramel malts. Taste is same with heavier notes of caramel malts and a bit of creaminess on the tongue. Overall, great beer but not quite as great as the others I’ve had from them.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 740 ml bottle in a snifter. This nice dubbel pours a reddish brown
color with nice clarity and a very nice head of off white foam that settles to a
thick ring, nice clumping pool, and shows some nice light sudsy lacing. nose of
light cocoa, some subtle cola and dark sugar notes notes, light raisin, subtle earthy
malts, and light floral attributes. The taste is much as the nose with a floral note swathed
in drown sugar and more of a date flavor than raisin with hints of cocoa mingling nicely
with cola touches of cherry and light cranberry on the rear of the taste. Very nice mouth
feel that is lightly airy with carbonation and yeast notes that blend nicely into a medium
light body and a lightly sweet with a hint of dark fruit finish.

Overall, another fine ale from a fantastic brewery.

Cheers!

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Photo of Beersnake1
3.79/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from just over fridge temp and allowed to warm. Pours a nice dark golden reddish brown with great head. Nose is caramel, malts, wood, and dark fruit (cherries mostly). Taste is really great. Slight bitterness upfront. Nice caramel, wheat, bark, and dark fruit. Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Overall, a great dubbel.

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Photo of HermannTheGerman
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very nice brew. The smell is extraordinary. Reminds me on apples in a cellar. No bitterness in the initial taste. Almost like a nicely balanced a apple pie. No alcoholic after taste at all.

If you like Belgian doubles. This is the One.

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Photo of hman43
3.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: It pours dark amber with some reddish hues. It has moderate head retention that is tan. It is also fairly clear.

Smell: The initial aromas are malty rich with some fruit. Apples and dried cherries and prominent with some toast and a hint of chocolate. There are some rose like aromas in addition to the above.

Taste: The apples and dried cherries are very prominent in the initial flavor with a bit of toast and low caramel in support. There is a bit of low floral in the background and very low raisin flavors. The balance is fairly even.

Feel: It has a medium body with medium carbonation and some alcohol warmth that is smooth.

Overall, it is a pleasant fruity-malty beer with depth and complexity especially in the fruit.

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Photo of SpongeHop
3.37/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L - dark red brown gradient with beige head which dissipates quickly
S & T - candy banana taste of the yeast up front, then honey like caramel malt sweetness. Slightly dry but clean aftertaste. No bitterness at all.
F - nice and spritzy, dries the tongue, slightly clogs up the back of your throat with that sugary soda quality

O - bit of a disappointment. Not much going on save for the sweets. Disclaimer: I do not like the banana yeast taste in beers, so I may be biased against this beer from the get go. I prefer Westmalle dubbel myself.

I don't particularly recommend this one.

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Photo of emincems
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

almost black color with beige head, but head retention isn't very strong. smells roasted malts, molasses, burnt sugars and slight banana (like all other la trappe styles). taste is a bit sweet. medium bodied and overly carbonated. clean aftertaste. I would love this more if there is more abv and dryness.

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Photo of rochefort8
4.69/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my first review, but I have tried several trappist beers before. I view trappist beers as being the quintessential example of what a good beer should be, and this one is no different. I like sweet beers, and this one certainly is a sweet one.

Look: Pours a dark brown color with off-white 2 finger head. Nice head-retention, but does not match a blue chimay, but good nonetheless.

Smell: Classic belgian yeast, with semi-strong notes of banana. Notes of dark sugar and dates are apparent, but they hide behind the smell of banana. As the beer opens up, the sugar and date smell gets stronger, almost overpowering the banana smell eventually. Slighty boozy smell as well.

Taste: Banana, sugar, dates, prunes and that honey-like belgian yeast taste. Taste is a lot stronger than smell, which gradually dissipates over time.

Feel: Smooth and semi sweet-sticky mouthfeel. Gradually gets very smooth, as the carbonation dissipates - quite nice mouthfeel.

Overall: A good representation of a trappist dubbel-style beer. Comparing it to Westmalle, I find this one to be a lot sweeter and boozy, whereas the Westmalle feels more subdued and less sweet.

I may be biased, but I really like this one. It is a beer that should be sipped and savoured, while taking the time to sense everything it has to offer.

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Photo of Bombelsky
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle poured into a snifter. Dark amber, reddish and hazy. Off white, tall frothy head. Diminish fast leaving spare lacing. High malty, bready, chocolate notes with fruity esters. Mostly plums. Bit of spices. Rich medium-high sweet flavor, low bitterness to crack the sweetness. Medium body, oily, sticky. Medium high carbonation. Warm, low dry finish with some alcohol feel.

Tasty beer, but... I would like it not so sweet. Alcohol shows up strongly.

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Photo of BergBeer
3.32/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Look: Opaque date brown with a thin cream colored head. Moderate activity.

Smell: Dark pitted fruit. Dates, prunes, honey, raisins, and sweet breads malts. Sweet and sticky on the nose.

Taste: Caramelized raisins, light molasses, Belgian sugar, dates, light hay funk, and a lightly floral hop.

Feel: Medium-full bodied. Sticky sweet. Coats the palate slowly. Finish is effervescent and dry. Good carbonation.

Overall: A good Trappist dubbel. Not the best of the style as it is a bit cloyingly sweet. Yet it's still a good beer. If the sweetness was dialed back a bit and the funk a little more I'd like it better. Middle of the road.

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Photo of Vixie
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown color with hints of ruby red around the edges. Forms a good sized tan head with a lot of bubbling overall, the head seems almost alive.

Nice smelling beer. Very fruity, with hints of malt and yeast.

Nice and fruity up front, reminds me a bit of dried fruit like prunes and raisins. Hints of caramel, and brown sugar. Very light bitterness at the end, but it is subtle.

Pretty smooth and solid feel, considering it looks fairly highly carbonated.

Definitely a very nice beer, but a touch below the best of the style. This one is a bit more subtle and laid back, which isn't a bad thing. It invites you to sip it slowly, and I think taking it easy works for this one. Very much worth a try.

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La Trappe Dubbel (Koningshoeven / Dominus) from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 914 ratings